Chicago Firm Enters Volatile Energy Market

Nov 14 2006 | 8:51am ET

It’s been a rough year for energy funds. The wild ride taken by natural gas this summer burned many, turning once high-flying funds like Amaranth Advisors, MotherRock and Ritchie Capital’s energy offering into failures, some more spectacular than others.

In spite of the environment, Oakbrook, Ill.-based Highview Capital thinks it can do better, rolling out its new $47 million Highview Avenue Energy Fund on Nov. 1.

“The energy funds that have had problems have been purely commodity-trading funds,” lead partner Jeff Wallace said. “We’re trying to be levered across different products” – investing in energy-related equities and credit, as well as commodities – “hopefully taking a commodity view in different ways across different products.”

The fund will invest in “the whole spectrum” of the energy sector, and has attracted primarily institutional interest. Wallace chalks that up to its multi-strategy mandate, which he expects will be less risky than the heavily-levered commodity energy funds.

Morgan Stanley and Calyon are serving as prime brokers.

“We just want stuff to be volatile, and right now, things are pretty volatile,” he says hopefully. “So we should do well.”


In Depth

GSAM's Papagiannis: Liquid Alternatives For The Long Run

Apr 21 2017 | 8:44pm ET

Interest in liquid alternatives cooled a bit last year amid a broad shift in investor...

Lifestyle

Aston Martin Returns To Debt Market As DB11 Drives Turnaround

Mar 31 2017 | 5:21pm ET

James Bond’s preferred carmaker is returning to the public debt markets for the...

Guest Contributor

Debunking Conventional Investment Wisdom (Part II)

Apr 17 2017 | 5:56pm ET

The alternative investment industry is currently replete with buzzwords around data...

 

From the current issue of